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The ONE Thing


Sometimes I “forget” who Christmas honors: the Savior who came to Earth for us! What do I do to commemorate? Well, usually, most of December, I rush around like my pants are on fire and stress over what to buy, how much is in the bank account, and when and how on earth we are going to fit in all of the things. Help Lord!


“The Lord answered her, “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.”


Do I miss the Savior amidst all of my busy distractions? It’s like throwing a massive party for a most honored guest but not even spending time with them once they arrive. I mean, he doesn’t really expect me to just sit there with him does he? He knows how long the list is and how many people are counting on me to pull it off, right? Isn’t that important too?


The ONE THING MOST IMPORTANT was discovered not by running around but by CHOOSING to SIT at the feet of the one who came to save me from an empty life.


How quickly I get pulled away from sitting at my Savior’s feet. But honestly that’s where I most long to be. My heart desires to be with him - but constant distractions drive me to keep moving.


This season of celebration and remembrance, I will make a conscious effort to sit at my Savior’s feet. I will refuse to be distracted by all of the hustle and bustle and to-do’s. I refuse to be pulled away. I want to focus solely on the privilege that is granted me to sit and learn from the one who is the reason I celebrate at all.


What will I hear when I take the time to sit there, gazing up at him, listening to him? I hear LOVE. I hear PEACE. I hear HOPE. “This is why I wait upon you, expecting your breakthrough, for your Word brings me hope.”


I invite you to join me at the feet of our Savior and soak up his beautiful message. May our hearts become more deeply intertwined with him as he saves us from not just an empty celebration but an empty lifestyle of constant distraction and worry.


He IS the gift. Don’t miss out!


- Kelly Joyce (a contributing writer and member of the COBI community)

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